- Kertus Davis
Name = Kertus Davis
Birthdate = birth date and age|1981|2|26
Gaffney, South Carolina
Busch_Car_Team = #49 -
Jay Robinson Racing
Previous_Year = 2007
Prev_Busch_Pos = 67th
Best_Busch_Pos = 31th - 2005 | Busch_Top_Tens = 1
First_Busch_Race = 2001
Achievements = 1998
South CarolinaState Karting Championship
September 11, 2008
Kertus Davis from
Gaffney, South Carolinawas born February 26, 1981and is a NASCARdriver. He currently drives the #49 Jay Robinson Racing Chevrolet Monte Carloin the Nationwide Series.
Prior to NASCAR/USAR
Davis began racing in go-karts at the age of eight, competing in his hometown of Gaffney around various tracks. He raced in the karts for a number of years, and finished 3rd in the
World Karting Associationfinals at the age of 17. In 1998, Davis began racing Late ModelStock Cars in various Southeastern tracks, gaining experience and a handful of top-five finishes. He mostly competed at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Greenville-Pickens Speedway, and Timmonsville Speedway. During the 1999 season, he made three starts in the USAR ProCup Series.
He competed for Rookie of the Year in 2000 in the USAR Pro-Cup Competing in 20 events, Davis finished the season 17th in points with top ten finishes. In 2001, he finished 11th in the Southern Division points standing with eight top-ten finishes. After a part-time USAR run in 2002, he joined
Premiere Motorsportsto run a full-time schedule 2003. He won his first race at Smithton, Pennsylvaniaand finished third in the Northern Divison points, thirteenth for the entire sanctioning body.
Early NASCAR career
Davis made his NASCAR debut in 2001 at
Nazareth Speedwayfor Jimmy Means. He qualified the #52 Broadway Motors Ford Taurusin 34th place, but finished 36th after an early engine failure. races in the Moy Racingteam. His first career start at Nazareth Speedwaydriving the #52. He started in 34th and finished in 35th, but he did not finish due to ignition failure. In the next two races, he finished 42nd at Dover International Speedwayand 40th at the Milwaukee Mile, but did not finish either race. He made the switch over to the #77 GestenerFord for Moy Racingat the second Dover race, where he finished 34th after a crash.
Davis made five starts in 2002. He ran the #77
Docutech/Gestetner Ford in his first 2002 race at Richmond, and had the best weekend of his career at the time with a 29th place start and 26th place finish. For the rest of the season, Davis only drove the #0 Chevrolet for his father's race team, Davis Motorsports. In four starts, his best finish was a 24th at Memphis Motorsports Park. Davis did not race at all in 2003, due to his USAR commitments, but he played a large role as Davis Motorsportsbegan to run full-time in the series. He worked in the shop and every now and then on the pit boxFact|date=September 2008, as the team made its first full season.He raced again in 2004, starting at Indianapolis Raceway Parkfor his father's team, where he had a 29th place finish, followed by a 27th at Dover and a 34th at Darlington. Davis moved to the #0 full-time in 2005, with RaceGirlserving as sponsor. He failed to qualify for five races, but had a career-best tenth-place run at Talladega Superspeedway, and finished thirty-first in points. He also made one start in the #12 Supercuts/ Hot TamalesDodge at Texas Motor Speedwayfor FitzBradshaw Racing, but finished in 40th due to a transmission failure. For the 2006 season, Davis attempted to race full-time. The team used former Busch Series champion Randy LaJoieto get in the race at Mexico,and at Atlanta, MacDonald Motorsportsaided the Davis team with MacDonald's pit crew. Davis also took one-race deals, driving the #34 Sport ClipsChevrolet for Frank Cicci Racingat Darlington, the #43 Ollie's Bargain OutletDodge for the Curb Agajanian Performance Groupat Dover, and at Nashville, he prepared the #20 Rockwell Automationcar for NEXTEL Cup driver Denny Hamlin. He returned to his own car at Milwaukee, where he finished out the season. He also attempted races for Morgan Shepherd, CJM Racing, and Front Row Motorsportsat the Nextel Cup level, but did not qualify for any of those races.
2007 - Present
In 2007, Davis signed to drive for
Kevin Harvick Incorporatedin the #77 Dollar GeneralChevy for 13 races, sharing the car with Bobby Labonteand Kevin Harvick. Davis ran at Fontana starting 33rd but collided with Eric McClurewho ironically was driving the #0 car that Davis drove before. He recovered to finish 30th, last on lead lap. He then made his first road course start at Mexico where he started 37th and finished 31st one lap down. He was replaced by Ron Hornaday Jr. prior to the race at Milwaukee. Shortly after that, it was announced that had been released by KHI, due to Dollar General wanting only Cup drivers in the car. He ran the rest of the season in the #01 car fielded by his family team.
For 2008, Davis began the season in the #0 car, but moved over to the #01 after one race with RaceGirl sponsoring. This came after his team in the opening race of 2008 was penalized due to an illegal oil tank. The team was penalized 25 driver & owner points, and crew chief
Gene Allnutwas suspended for 6 races. In the interim, Davis had the 1st ever female crew chief in NASCAR's top touring series at Las Vegas. [ [http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2008/02/27/079044.html Woosley First Female Crew Chief In NASCAR National Series History ] ] Kertus at Talladega in 2008 avoided the "Big One" again like in 2005 and he finished 12th on the lead lap falling out of the top 10 in turn 4. Following the race at Nashville where he blew his engine, Davis left his father's team to pursue other racing options. [ [http://www.sponsordavis.com/ www.sponsordavis.com ] ] He was 24th in points at the time. He spent the rest of the season driving the #49 for Jay Robinson.
* [http://www.kertusdavis.com/ Official Site]
* [http://www.racing-reference.info/driver?id=davidke01 Career Stats]
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